Nitric oxide has been measured with an ultraviolet spectrometer on the polar-orbiting satellite Solar Mesosphere Explorer (SME) for the period January 1982 to August 1986. The nitric oxide database contains densities at all latitudes sorted into 5 degree bins and at altitudes between 100 and 140 km sorted into 3.3 km-bins. The largest densities occur at latitudes in the auroral zones where the density varies as a function of geomagnetic activity. Variations of a factor of 10 occur between times of intense activity and quiet times. At low latitudes, the nitric oxide density at 110 km varies from a mean value of 3 times 10(exp 7) molecules per cubic cm in January 1982 to a mean value of 4 times 10(exp 6) molecules per cubic cm during solar minimum conditions in 1986. In addition, the low-latitude nitric oxide density varies plus or minus 50 percent with a period of 27 days during times of high solar activity.